2013 NFL on FOX Week 17 Odds & Point Spread: Panthers -6 vs. Falcons Print
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Panthers vs. Falcons Odds

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ATLANTA, GA (The Spread) – The Carolina Panthers look to look up the NFC South title on Sunday when they take on the Atlanta Falcons at 1PM ET on FOX.

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Carolina is 11-4 on the season, 4-3 on the road and 9-5-1 against the spread. Atlanta is 4-11 overall, 3-4 at home and 6-9 against the spread. The home team has won eight of the last 10 games in this series, but Carolina owns a 34-10 win over Atlanta back in November.

Trends show that the home team is 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 games in this series. Carolina is just 1-4 ATS in its last 5 trips to Atlanta. These two have hit the over in 4 of their last 6 meetings in Atlanta.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Carolina is favored on the road, as the Panthers have odds of -6 points against the Falcons. The over/under total for the game has been set at 45 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Carolina favored by 7.5 points. The spread slowly worked its way down to 6. The over/under total opened at 45.5 points before bumping down to 45.

Carolina is coming off a 17-13 win over the Saints at home to take the lead in the NFC South standings. The Panthers secure the 2 seed in the playoffs and the division title with a win, but can lose out on both with a loss and Saints win over Tampa. The Panthers are now averaging 319 yards per game on offense this season while giving up just 300.9 yards per game on defense. Cam Newton has thrown for 3,230 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 513 yards and six scores. DeAngelo Williams has added 810 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The defense is being led by Luke Kuechly, who has 146 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.

Atlanta is coming off a 34-24 loss at San Francisco. The Falcons had the ball in the closing minutes with a chance to lose, but gave up a defensive touchdown to put the game out of reach. The Atlanta offense is averaging 345.6 yards per game on offense, while the defense is allowing 385.8 yards per contest. Matt Ryan has thrown for 4,235 yards and 24 touchdowns this season while Harry Douglas has 78 receptions for 1,009 yards and two scores. The Atlanta defense is being led by Desmond Trufant, who has 65 tackles, two interceptions and 16 pass deflections.

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In terms of Injuries, Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and running back Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) are both questionable for Sunday’s game. Carolina receiver Steve Smith (knee) is doubtful while defensive tackle Colin Cole (calf) is questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing the Panthers, as Carolina is getting 57% of the wagers with odds of -6 points at Atlanta on Sunday.

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